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Iranian Fans Celebrate Dramatic Late Victory Over Morocco In World Cup Opener

- Iran has scored a dramatic victory over Morocco at the World Cup in Russia, spurring thousands of fans back home to pour onto the streets to celebrate the second-ever victory for the country in soccer's centerpiece event. - 6/16/18

Innovating In Iran: Afghan Immigrant Wins Praise In Tehran, But 'Home' Still Beckons

- Foruzan Faghiri was 3 years old when her family fled war in Afghanistan for neighboring Iran. The Faghiris found shelter and education while at the same time coping with the discrimination and restrictions that Afghan refugees routinely face in Iran. Yet Faghiri persevered, becoming a conspicuous success among Afghan immigrants to Iran. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL - 6/13/18

Sexual misconduct in school gives rise to #MeToo among Iranians: Good or Bad?

- Following a schoolmaster's sexual misconduct at a private school in western Tehran some Iranians started using the #MeToo on twitter since Wednesday evening, sharing their experiences of harassment and assault. On May 27, some 40 parents filed a complaint against a schoolmaster who has allegedly displayed some sexually harassing behaviors at a private school in district two of Tehran. The schoolmaster was soon detained and the school is shut down, maybe for good. - 6/3/18

Iranian hard rock singer Arian Naini gets green light for "Loneliness Border"

- The Iranian hard rock singer Arian Naini got the nod for the first time from the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance to release a music video, Persian media reported on Monday. Kian Hejazi is the producer of the video, which has been directed by Saba Moqaddami. - 5/29/18

A Superstar's Funeral In Tehran Turns Into Angry Protests Against Iranian Authorities

- Paying homage to a pre-revolution superstar in Tehran turned into a large and noisy protest against the ruling establishment on Sunday, May 27. Nasser Malek Motiee, 88, passed away on Friday evening of kidney failure in a hospital in the capital city. - 5/28/18

Legendary Iranian Actor Nasser Malakmotiei dies at 88

- Iranian actor Nasser Malakmotiei who appeared in over 100 movies and TV series, in most of which he played the roles of virile characters, died at Tehran's Aatieh Hospital on Friday night, he was 88. He was suffering from a kidney disorder, Persian media outlets announced. - 5/27/18

NYC's Premier Farsi Funk Band, Mitra Sumara, Announces New Album TAHDIG

- Mitra Sumara, New York City's only Farsi Funk group, is proud to announce their debut album Tahdig, set for release on June 8, 2018 on Persian Cardinal Recordings. This international party band revives the vibrant Persian pop and funk music silenced by the Iranian Revolution. The popular music of Iran in the 60s and 70s combined disco, funk, and Latin beats with Middle Eastern melodies and poetic lyrics. Mitra Sumara interprets hits by Iran's beloved singers such as Googoosh, Soli, Leila Forouhar, and remakes intoxicating Southern Iranian Bandari beat tunes. - 5/18/18

With $1 million gift from Farhang Foundation, UCLA plans to create new minor in Iranian music

- The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music will begin the process of establishing an academic minor in Iranian music with a generous $1 million gift from Farhang Foundation. A signing ceremony on April 27 at UCLA commemorated the gift. - 5/17/18

"Downtism Cafe" Launched on Tehran as Iran's First Business Staffed by People Living With Disabilities

- Iran saw the opening of Downtism Cafe, the country's first cafe staffed by people living with disabilities including down syndrome and autism, on May 1, 2018. Downtism Cafe is located on the second floor of the Passage Ayeneh building on Vanak St. in northern Tehran. It was launched with the support of the State Welfare Organization, the main governmental body providing services to people living with disabilities in Iran, and the families of the cafe's employees. - 5/9/18

An Iranian man plants hundreds of tulips out of love for his homeland's mothers

- During the Iranian calendar month of Farvardin (March 21-April 20), walking down Zarafshan Street in Shahrak-e-Gharb in northwestern Tehran has been a delight for many Iranians and foreign tourists. The sidewalk of the Zarafshan Street has been filled with colorful tulips for the past five years in an act of love of a son for his late mother. - 5/8/18

Noted Iranian composer Nasser Cheshmazar dies at 68

- Award-winning Iranian musician and composer Nasser Cheshmazar dies aged 68, leaving an indelible mark in the country's film industry. Cheshmazar died at Bahonar Hospital's ICU in Tehran on Friday after suffering a heart attack. - 5/6/18

Winners of the 2018 Fajr International Film Festival announced

- The 36th edition of Fajr International Film Festival, the longest running film event in the Middle East, named its winners during a ceremony on Thursday night at Vahdat Hall, Tehran. 'Aga' by Milko Lazarov won Best Film, while Cambodian documentary film director Rithy Panh won the Peace Award. - 4/29/18

"Roots and Stones", a gift from Tony Cragg, unveiled at Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art

- "Roots and Stones", a huge abstract marble sculpture donated by British artist Tony Cragg, was unveiled in the courtyard of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art on Sunday April 29, 2018. The ceremony was attended by the Turner Prize-winner Cragg and a number of cultural officials and Iranian artists. - 4/29/18

First Ever Release of 1978 Farah Choir Recording

- After 40 years, a never-before-heard recording of the Farah Choir, which was supported by the former queen of Persia Farah Diba (Pahlavi), has been released in Europe. The release of the recording, which contains seven Persian folk songs, was planned for 1978, but was halted due to the Islamic Revolution. - 4/17/18

Photos: Bachukheh wrestling competition in Esfarayen, Iran

- The Bachukheh traditional wrestling competition was held in Esfarayen in Iran's North Khorasan province on Tuesday. The competition brought 230 wrestlers at the 'Zeinal Khan Spring'. Bachukheh is a traditional wrestling sport with its own championship games. This is one of the most important local wrestling matches in Iran with Greater Khorasan as its birthplace. The Bachukheh wrestling field is usually covered with red clay. - 4/6/18

Sacred fire alive for 1,550 years at Iranian Zoroastrian temple

- Iran's central city of Yazd is home to one of the fire temples most sacred to Zoroastrians worldwide with a flame that has been burning for nearly 1,550 years. The Yazd temple is one of the world's nine Zoroastrian fire temples which hold the sacred Atash Behram, meaning Fire of Victory. - 4/4/18

Iranians mark Nature's Day as Norooz holidays end

- People across Iran are celebrating Sizdah Bedar, the ancient festival of nature, on the last day of Norooz holidays, with many leaving their houses and spending time outdoors in the fresh spring air before getting back to work and their regular routine after the holidays. - 4/2/18

Coalition of 10 Iranian American Organizations Hosts Nowruz Celebration in Washington, DC

- On March 15th, 2018, PAAIA joined nine other Iranian American organizations to host the 4th Annual Community Nowruz celebration at the Carnegie Institution for Science. Along with delicious Persian cuisine, a gorgeous Haftseen, and celebratory Persian music, the event featured addresses by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Congressman Jamie Raskin, and founder of HealthEZ and IAPAC board member Nazie Eftekhari. - 3/25/18

Yolo County in Sacramento, California proclaims Tuesday, March 20, 2018 as Iranian-American Day

- WHEREAS, Iranian/Persian history dates back to 2,000 B.C. The people of Iran have celebrated Noruz, the New Year, on the first day of spring for 3,000 years; and WHEREAS, the Iranian people have a long tradition of tolerance and respect for human rights, including the establishment, in 550 8.C., of the earliest significant monarchy that contributed to the civilization of the world, under Cyrus the Great. Cyrus the Great freed the Jewish people from Babylonian oppression; and - 3/21/18

For the Persian new year, a menu full of memories

- Iranians around the world are marking our new year this week. Nowruz means "new day" in our native language, and the ancient holiday's 13 days of celebration mark what we consider the most logical time to start the year: spring, the annual rebirth of nature. For me, this time is made rich from a lifetime of memories, as it is for most Iranians. New clothes are purchased. Families deep-clean their homes for weeks in advance; we do this because the days bring a constant parade of visits from friends and relatives. -Journal Gazette - 3/21/18

Nowruz The Persian New Year at the spring vernal equinox in IRAN, Central/West Asia and in Diaspora is commemorated

- The flower buds of yellow, violet, red and white crocuses of saffron bulbs, intermingled with the blossoming daffodils, hyacinths, tulips and the Persian violets, herald the arrival of Nowruz (Norooz). The Persian New Year, signaling the rebirth, rejuvenation and reconciliations, appropriately arrives on the spring vernal equinox. -Davood N. Rahni - 3/20/18

PHOTOS: Tehran adorned with giant colored eggs ahead of Persian New Year Norooz

- To mark the beginning of the Persian New Year, also known as Norooz, visual artists have decorated Tehran with large colored eggs. The new year starts on Tuesday, March 20 this year. Norooz (literally "New Day") is the name of the Iranian New Year, also known as the Persian New Year, which is celebrated worldwide by the Iranians and Turkic peoples, along with some other ethno-linguistic groups, as the beginning of the New Year. - 3/19/18

Evoking Sophia Loren In Iran

- ... my ears perked up when I heard cleric Ahmad Alamolhoda-the hardline Friday Prayer Leader of the holy city of Mashhad, the seat of Imam Reza Shrine-mention Sophia Loren in his Friday speech. The occasion for remembering Loren was a Women's Day performance of Iranian folklore dance by eight and nine year olds in front of the mayor of Tehran. -Farideh Farhi - 3/15/18

Tehran City Council Names Street After Former Primer Minister Mohammad Mosaddeq

- Tehran city council has named Naft (oil) street after Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddeq. Mosaddeq is very well-known for his efforts in nationalization of the Iranian oil industry in 1951. Prior to the nationalization of the industry it had been under British control since 1913 through the Anglo-Persian Oil Company. - 3/14/18

Women and their achievements feature on billboards in Iran

- A soldier, war photographer, and an Olympian are some of the women gracing public billboards in Iran's capital Tehran in a rare move in the conservative country. The billboards showcase the achievements of ground-breaking Iranian women, including the late mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani who in 2014 became the first woman to win the Fields Medal - the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for mathematics. -BBC - 3/14/18

Iran's Cultural Cleavages And The Need For National Compromise

- Popular demonstrations in Iran at the end of 2017 reflected economic and other grievances along with a growing frustration and impatience with the Islamic system's shortcomings. However, the demonstrations also revealed deep cultural cleavages in Iranian society. Some of Iran's cultural divides are very deep rooted and are related to Iran's Islamization after the Arab/Islamic conquest of the Sassanid Empire in 642 CE. Others are of more recent origin and developed with the start of Iran's modernization in the late nineteenth century. -Shireen T. Hunter - 3/13/18

New book SOFREH: Take a journey in words and images through the culture of Persian celebration

- SOFREH: The Art of Persian Celebration is a journey in words and images through the culture of Persian celebrations. Never before have the splendour and beauty of these ancient traditions been presented in such an intricate and novel fashion. Sofreh, Persian for spread, is the focal point of the celebrations. These two lavishly illustrated volumes devoted to compositions created for the Persian New Year and marriage ceremonies are beautifully presented and richly documented. - 3/12/18

Conservative Iranian Officials Outraged That Little Girls Were Allowed to Dance at Women's Day Event

- Iran's ultra-conservative prosecutor general has demanded that the organizers of a Women's Day event in the capital city be punished for allowing little girls to dance on a stage. His demand has been echoed by religious hardliners around the country but some liberal commentators have pointed out that the issue has been blown drastically out of proportion. - 3/11/18

Professors to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres: Use Persian New Year Norooz as opportunity to promote peace

- A group of distinguished professors and intellectuals have written a letter to United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres calling on him to use Norooz, the Persian New Year, as an opportunity to remove "structural violence" in international system in order to achieve true peace (Positive Peace). Inscribed in 2009 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity as a cultural tradition observed by numerous peoples, Norooz is an ancestral festivity marking the first day of spring and the renewal of nature. It promotes values of peace and solidarity between generations and within families as well as reconciliation and neighbourliness... - 3/4/18

Celebrate The Iranian New Year And The First Day Of Spring At The 10th Annual Farhang Foundation Nowruz Festival In Los Angeles

- The Farhang Nowruz Festival is a free to all, public, daylong celebration located at UCLA, including a colorful Spring Walk, Iranian Tea House, spectacular dances, children activities, puppet shows, authentic musical performances, a rare performance by Iranian living legend Sima Bina, and more. - 2/22/18

Shi'ite Shrine At Persepolis Sparks Row Over Iran's Heritage

- With more than 10,000 religious shrines dotting Iran to mark where descendants of Shi'ite Islam's most revered imams are said to have been buried, many of them go unnoticed. But one of these so-called imamzadeh sanctums recently caught the eye of a passerby who, in a video, questioned its proximity to a globally recognized legacy of Iran's pre-Islamic past, the ruins of Persepolis. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL - 2/19/18

Royal Portraits From 19th-Century Iran Will Go on View at the Smithsonian's Freer|Sackler in Washington, DC

- Kings and noblemen of Iran's Qajar dynasty (1779-1925) commissioned self-portraits to convey their power and splendor. Such imagery proliferated as monumental oil paintings, photographs or as intimately scaled lacquer objects and uniquely combined traditional Persian artistic conventions with European modes of representation. "The Prince and the Shah: Royal Portraits from Qajar Iran" offers a rare glimpse into the development and dissemination of royal and aristocratic portraiture in the 19th century and early 20th century in Iran at a time when the country underwent major political, societal and cultural changes. - 2/17/18

PHOTOS: Zoroastrians celebrate annual feast of Sadeh in Yazd

- The Zoroastrians marked Sadeh, an ancient feast celebrating the creation of fire, in Yazd, Iran this week. The feast is marked on the tenth day of the eleventh month of Iranian calendar annually. Sadeh has been observed since the days when Zoroastrianism was the dominant religion in the powerful Persian empire. - 2/2/18

Symposium at Yale University explores impact of popular music on Iranian society

- "Popular Music & Society in Iran: New Directions," a two-day symposium examining the social and political significance of music in Iran, will take place at Yale University on Jan. 26-27. "The political and sociological study of music in contemporary Iran is a growing field, and this event is the first of its kind to bring together researchers and academics working on the topic," said symposium organizer Nahid Siamdoust, a postdoctoral associate and lecturer in Iranian studies at the Council on Middle East Studies at the MacMillan Center at Yale. - 1/24/18

Play brings trans people into public eye in Iran

- A play that spotlights transsexuals in Iran was staged during the 36th Fajr International Theater Festival in Tehran on Friday night. "The Blue Pink" was staged by a cast of nine actors helmed by the promising young director and writer Sanaz Bayan at Paliz Theater. - 1/22/18

German ambassador to Tehran enjoys 'Ab Gusht cooking lesson'

- Michael Klor-Berchtold, German ambassador to Tehran, posted a photo on his Twitter account on Thursday depicting him stirring Ab Gusht (Iranian stew made with lamb, chickpeas, white beans, onion, potatoes, and tomatoes, and dried lime) in a big pot. "Ab Gusht cooking lesson for me by real experts! Delicious!" he wrote on his twitter account. - 1/22/18

German quartet pays tribute to Iranian sailors at Fajr Music Festival in Tehran

- The fifth night of the 33rd Fajr International Music Festival was host to brilliant performances by the Klenke quartet from Germany. The program paid tribute to Iranian sailors and crew who lost their lives in a shipping incident off the Sea of China earlier this week. The program was held at Niavaran Cultural Center in Tehran. - 1/16/18

Tehran Art Auction 2018 sells out 120 mind-melting lots, signals flourishing market

- The 8th edition of Tehran Auction contemporary art sale broke a new record on Friday, January 12, signalling a flourishing market for contemporary Iranian art. The winter sale built on the success of its spring - 14.952 billion tomans to be exact, or over $3 million. Parsian Hotel was host to the 8th edition of Tehran Auction where the best of Iranian art ranging from established and emerging artists were introduced to art collectors and global audience. All the 120 modern and classical artworks sold out! - 1/14/18

Iran After Protests: Change Does Come

- In Iran today, over 20 people have been killed in the streets and two young men are dead from unknown causes after being detained in prison. An estimated 3,700 others have been arrested across the country, most of them under the age of 25. In Tehran the families of detainees are camping outside Evin prison awaiting news of their children. With such news in the headlines, it is hard not to be pessimistic about the protests that for a week rocked the country and riveted the world. But perspective matters. -Sanam Naraghi Anderlini - 1/11/18

Crowdfunding for publications of Samin Baghcheban's compositions

- March 2018 marks the 10th anniversary of Samin Baghcheban's demise in exile. On the occasion of the anniversary, the Baghcheban family is willing to publish a collection of Samin's vocal pieces which were composed in the 1950s and currently are not available to the public. - 1/7/18

Inspiring fashion designs add glamor to Tehran's Golestan Palace

- There is a common ground between the design elements involved in both architecture and fashion and many fashion designers around the world are inspired by architecture in their works. Now some young fashion designers in Iran display their designs inspired by the Golestan Palace at the venue during an exhibition. - 12/31/17

Farideh's long quest to find her biological parents continues

- Known as Eline Koning among her adopted family and friends in the Netherlands, and by Farideh in a children's home in Iran years ago, this 41-year-old Iranian-Dutch woman is still on a mission to find her biological parents. - 12/26/17

How Christmas is celebrated in Iran

- You will be surprised, or you won't, depending on how much you know of Iran, but Christmas is celebrated in Iran. It may be surprising because for a predominantly Muslim nation where Christians make up less than 1% of the country's population, you may think that all signs and traces of Christmas, from pine trees decorated with red, green and gold gift boxes placed behind shop windows to nativity scenes of the Virgin Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus, will be difficult, if not impossible, to spot on the streets. -Marjohn Sheikhi - 12/25/17

Behind Closed Curtains: Interior Design in Iran - Book Presentation by Lena Spath

- Author Lena Spath has captured the beauty, intricacy, and vibrancy of Iranian interior design in order to showcase its underrated style in her new book Behind Closed Curtains: Interior Design in Iran. "I want to challenge the narrative on Iran most media companies follow. This book is my way to bring the country's history and the stories of its citizens into the homes and the hands of more people." - 12/22/17

Hurry up! Yalda Night is right around the corner

- Children chasing each other; mothers setting out dried nuts, pomegranates and watermelons amongst other fine foodstuffs; and fathers watching a ball game amid all! Does this sound familiar? Well, this is a glimpse of the Yalda celebration in honor of the longest night of the year! - 12/20/17

Marivan celebrates becoming world city of handicrafts

- Marivan on Monday celebrated receiving an international status as the city of Kalash, a particular lightweight and breathable footwear. Head of World Crafts Council-Asia Pacific Region Ghada Hijavi along with clusters of Iranian cultural officials and artisans attended the event organized by the Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization, Mehr reported. - 12/19/17

Teen behind viral 'Angelina Jolie' plastic surgery photos reveals she lied

- A young woman who shocked the internet with her shocking appearance - which she claimed was the result of botched plastic surgery to look like Angelina Jolie - has finally come clean: it was a hoax. Sahar Tabar claimed to have gone under the knife more than 50 times in a bid to look like the smouldering A-lister, with results that looked more harrowing than Hollywood. -Independent - 12/7/17

Iran's 'Devoted Countryman' dies at 86

- Villager Riz Ali Khajavi who saved the lives of passengers of a train in 1962 when a landslide brought down rocks from overlooking mountain on a railroad, died at 86. Known as a national hero whose sacrifice story is being taught in Iranian schools, Riz Ali Khajavi was admitted to Imam Reza Hospital due to a severe pulmonary complication 20 days ago and died later on Saturday at 86. - 12/4/17

Iranian, Italian orchestras to take "Divine Martyrs" to Rome church

- The Tehran Symphony Orchestra choir and Italy's World Youth Orchestra will perform "Where Art Thou, Divine Martyrs" composed by Hushang Kamkar, at the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome on December 3. The joint concert is scheduled to be repeated in Tehran on December 6, Iran's Rudaki Foundation announced in a press release on Monday. - 11/28/17

Iranian teenage musicians to perform in Denmark festival

- A group of Iranian teenage musicians will perform at a music festival in Denmark later this month. The young musicians will perform at the NYT music festival and the University of Copenhagen on November 25 and 27. - 11/22/17

Iran before the 1979 revolution

- Fascinating photos show models in miniskirts and the fashionable female film stars who were later banned from movies when strict Islamic laws were imposed -Daily Mail, UK - 11/21/17

Iran Earthquake Appeal 2017

- Current reports state that 530 lives have been lost with the death toll expected to rise, over 7,000 people are injured, hundreds of villages have been destroyed, and 1,950 villages have been impacted as a result of the 7.3 magnitude Kermanshah earthquake, the most devastating in the world this year. PKCF is joining forces with Nikan/Mammut charity in Iran and Children of Persia in USA by forming a consortium that will raise and distribute funds to help those affected by this powerful earthquake - 11/16/17

Kermanshah quake: tragedy, altruism, hope

- The quake-hit city of Kermanshah is now the stage of inextricably mixed tragic, altruistic and hopeful scenes. All rescue and relief forces along with military personnel and volunteers have joined hands to help the victims. While tragic scenes of people mourning the loss of their beloved family members are heartbreaking the incessant work of relief forces to help people still raise hope. -Tehran Times - 11/16/17

Encouraging the Adoption of Disabled Children is a Good Idea That Needs Better Planning

- A recent pledge by an Iranian official to provide financial assistance to families that adopt children with disabilities is a good idea that requires thoroughly examining the underlying issues and improving existing services, a children's rights activist told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 11/16/17

Anger Hits Boiling Point As Iranian Quake Survivors Left In The Cold

- Frustration is boiling over as earthquake survivors sleep outside in freezing temperatures, waiting for much-needed aid to reach devastated areas of Iran. "People here have nothing, nothing. No tents, no blankets, no food. There's nothing here. People are facing very tough conditions here. It's a crisis situation," one resident of Sarpol-e Zahab, a town in Iran's western Kermanshah Province that has been described as among the worst hit, told a journalist reporting from the scene. - 11/15/17

Photos: Ava is born in the midst of death and destruction caused by quake

- According to latest reports by Mehr News Agency, death toll for the devastating 7.3 magnitude earthquake on Iraq-Iran border has risen to 530, with 7460 reported as injured. But in the midst of the death and destruction, baby girl Ava was born on the second day after the quake in Sarpol-e Zahab, the Iranian city that suffered the most during the quake. Ava was born at the army field hospital setup in Sarpol-e Zahab, and she and brought cheers and smiles to everyone present at the tent. -by Ahmad Moeini Jam - 11/14/17

PHOTOS: Death And Destruction After Powerful Quake Near Iran-Iraq Border

- Rescue workers and desperate relatives dug through debris in a search for survivors after a powerful earthquake hit near the Iran-Iraq border. 395 Iranians were confirmed dead as of Monday afternoon. Over 6,650 others were also injured. Iran's Interior Ministry said on November 13 that most of the casualties were in Kermanshah Province, with residents reporting feeling the 7.3 magnitude quake throughout the region, from Turkey to Kuwait. - 11/13/17

Photos: Maskan-e Mehr government built affordable housing in Sarpol-e Zahab, Iran damaged severely in quake

- Users in Iranian social media are particularly angry about the news of damages and casualties from Sarpol-e Zahab. This town is home to a government built apartment complex known as "Maskan-e Mehr" that were constructed during Mahmoud Ahmadinejad presidency as an affordable housing project. These government housing complexes have been heavily damaged and angry users are asking questions about building safety standards. - 11/13/17

PHOTOS: Millions Of Shi'ite Pilgrims Throng Iraq's Karbala For Arbaeen Commemoration

- An estimated 14 million Shi'ite pilgrims thronged Iraq's holy city of Karbala on November 10 to mark the annual Arbaeen commemoration. Arbaeen is one of the biggest religious festivals on earth and marks the end of the 40-day mourning period for the 7th-century killing of Imam Hussein by the forces of the Caliph Yazid -- a formative event in Shi'ite Islam. The Arbaeen holiday is observed in Shi'ite communities worldwide, with large gatherings in Iran and southern Lebanon. - 11/11/17

Conference: Urban Planning and Civic Design in Modern Iran

- The main purpose and focus of the conference (held in London) will be on the evolution of urban planning and civic design in Iran from traditional to modern, with discussions and critical evaluations of the shortcomings, failures and successes of the process. Two major civic design projects of the period will also be presented and discussed: the 'Shahestān Pahlavi', and 'Urban Renewal of Mashhad City Centre'. - 11/10/17

UCLA receives $1 million for Elahe Omidyar Mir-Djalali postdoctoral fellowship in Iranian linguistics

- Adonation of $1 million from Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute will establish the Elahe Omidyar Mir-Djalali Postdoctoral Fellowship in Iranian Linguistics in the UCLA Department of Linguistics, one of the nation's top-ranked linguistics departments. - 11/7/17

"Isfahan, City of Polish Children" to go on stage in Tehran and Isfahan

- "Isfahan, City of Polish Children", a play centering on Polish people and children who took refuge in the central Iranian city of Isfahan during World War II, will go on stage in Isfahan and Tehran in late November. Written by Iranian dramatist Mohammad Charmshir, the play was performed previously by a cast of Polish and Iranian actors at the Grotowski Institute in the Polish city of Wroclaw during August 2015. - 11/1/17

Manolo Espaliu's Photo exhibit traces Spanish diplomat's mission to Iran in 17th century

- An exhibition of photos by Manolo Espaliu tracing the route to Iran followed by the Spanish diplomat Garcia de Silva Figueroa (1550-1624) during the 17th century opened Thursday at the Extremaduran and Latin American Museum of Contemporary Art (MEIAC) in Badajoz, Spain. - 10/30/17

Please Stop Using 'Woman in Chador Walks by Anti-US Mural' Stock Photo for Every Article About Iran

- The general mindlessness in choosing a stock photo is what makes them so pernicious. Editors reach for an image that captures the overall theme of the article while drawing the eye of distracted media consumers-typically as an afterthought, something that accents a piece rather than defines it. It's not an easy task, but it's one that, left unexamined, can become a form of propaganda independent of any written text. -Adam Johnson, FAIR.org - 10/24/17

The Many Flavors of Persian in Eurasia

- Is Tajik a dialect of Persian? Or a language in its own right? What differentiates it from varieties prevalent in Afghanistan and Iran? There is no easy answer to these questions because the very categories we use to think about language in Central Asia, and elsewhere, are insufficient. -James Pickett, LobeLog - 10/23/17

IRAN: The Historical Cradle of Civilization, the Origin of Human Diversity, and the Bastion of Humanistic Tolerance

- Ever since as early as a hundred thousand years ago when our Homo sapiens ancestors preceded by Homo helderbergenis along with our cousins the Neanderthals and Denisovans who had crossed the horn of Africa, the southwestern Asian's temperate Iranian plateau sandwiched between the Caspian Sea including the Caucuses, Alborz and the Himalayan Mountain ranges to the north, and the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman/Bushehr shores to the south-has remained the optimal cradle of human civilization. -Davood Rahni - 10/16/17

"Working Children" of Tehran celebrate National Children Day

- The State Welfare Organization held a ceremony in Tehran on Saturday for 500 working children to celebrate the National Children Day. Iran annually observes the National Children's Day on October 8 and the National Children's Week on October 7 to 13. - 10/9/17

Number of older persons in Iran grows 1.5-fold in a decade

- Census reports indicate that the number of persons, aged 60 years or older, has increased by 1.5-fold over the past decade (2006-2016) in Iran. In 2006, some 5.1 million people were 60 or older, but the number rose to 6.1 million in 2011 and to 7.4 million in 2016, ISNA reported. Currently, the country's total population stands at about 80 million, of which some 9.3 percent is 60 or older. - 10/3/17

Mehregan Conference & Celebration at University of California, Irvine

- Spirituality in Persian Poetry, A Lecture by Dr. Franklin Lewis. Iranian Female Writers Today, A Lecture by Dr. Nasrin Rahimieh. and Musical Performance By the SIBARG ENSEMBLE. Sunday October 8, 2017 - 10/2/17

Iran's Arrow: Don't miss this documentary about Iran's beloved Hillman Hunters

- We love cars that stay in overseas production for decades beyond what the designers intended; there's the Hindustan Ambassador (a 1956 Morris Oxford, built in India until 2014), the 1960 Ford Falcons built in Argentina through 1991, the Mexican-built Borgwards and many more. One of the all-time greatest -- maybe the all time-greatest -- of these cars is the Iran Khodro Paykan, essentially a 1966 Hillman Hunter, built in Iran well into our current century. -AutoWeek - 10/2/17

Wedding Ceremony of Iranian Acid Victim Goes Viral

- A young Iranian girl disfigured in an acid attack back in 2014 has gotten married, sparking widespread positive reactions in Iran's social media. Marzieh Ebrahimi, a young Iranian girl who fell victim to an acid attack years ago, has tied the knot. Her marriage has turned into the most high-profile one in the country, not because she is a celebrity or an artist, but because she is the victim of an acid attack. -IFP - 9/25/17

Females outnumber males by 13% in Iran's 2017 university admissions

- As the final results for the Iranian university entrance exam, also known as Konkur, was announced on Saturday, it was revealed that females outnumber males in gaining admission to higher education by 49,062, or 13 percent higher than males. Out of 378,706 participants who were admitted to the universities nationwide 213,884 (56.5%) are females and 164,822 (43.5%) are males - 9/17/17

World Heritage Volunteers help raise awareness of Persian qanats

- A cluster of World Heritage Volunteers has spotlighted essentials to conserve and promote Persian qanats, a UNESCO registered heritage that provides exceptional testimony to cultural traditions in desert areas with an arid climate. - 9/14/17

PHOTOS: Mariwan International Street Theater Festival in northwestern Iran

- The 12th Mariwan International Street Theater Festival has come to an end, with carnivals of Iranian and international artists marking the closing ceremony of the artistic event in the downtown of the Iranian Kurdish city. The four-day festival wrapped up on Tuesday in the northwestern city of Mariwan which is considered as Iran's capital of street theater. - 9/13/17

PHOTOS: Iranian nomads' wedding ceremony, symphony of colors

- Various ethnic groups or people of different regions of Iran have their own traditional weddings ceremonies. The Iranian nomads of Bakhtiari tribe celebrate their wedding ceremonies with clothes of diverse and vibrant colors. Photographer Farhad Safari has captured one such wedding for all to enjoy! - 9/12/17



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